SAFE OPERATIONS MEETING

Mobile Phone Safety

 

A mobile phone can be a useful safety tool for calling road service, reporting accidents and in other emergencies. But a mobile phone can also put you in danger if your phone conversation becomes more important than your driving.

The safest way to use a mobile phone is with your vehicle stopped. If you must make a call from your vehicle, wait until you’re stopped at a traffic light to dial, or better still, pull safely off the road, stop, then dial. Look for an easy exit to a rest stop, shopping center, normal curb parking or other area away from hazardous traffic. Stopping on the shoulder of the road can put you in danger.

If you must make a call from your vehicle, follow these recommendations to maximize your safety:

  • Be sure your mobile phone is easy to see and reach; out of the case and plugged in.
  • Know your phone’s buttons so you can keep your eyes on the road while dialing.
  • Program frequently dialed numbers in a one or two button memory.
  • If you have to dial while driving, dial the first three numbers, check the road, then dial the rest.
  • While on the phone, check mirrors frequently and avoid note-taking or looking for other reference material.
  • Avoid making calls in heavy traffic, in poor visibility (fog, rain, snow, darkness), and if road conditions require excessive maneuvering (sharp turns, narrow roads).
  • Avoid calls that require a high level of mental concentration or if you expect highly emotional exchanges.
  • If you do a lot of phoning in your car, invest in a hands-free speaker phone.
  • Know the emergency numbers (police, fire, cellular service) for your driving areas. Not all cellular areas use 911.

It’s best to use your mobile phone only for emergencies or to let people know your location or expected arrival times.

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